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The brief

A big problem for the workers of many customers is where to find the remote controller after someone else used it. What could be the best possible solution for the problem? Perhaps sensor + app = new service?

The background

Konecranes is a world-leading group of Lifting Businesses™, serving a broad range of customers, including manufacturing and process industries, shipyards, ports and terminals. Konecranes provides productivity enhancing lifting solutions as well as services for lifting equipment of all makes. The Group has 18,000 employees at 600 locations in 50 countries. Konecranes class A shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki. For more information, please take a look at

The problem

A crane is typically operated by a wireless remote control. Crane operators are complaining that they aren't able to locate the remote controller as it was misplaced by a person from an earlier shift. This results in productivity loss and negative feelings. We know that there are some existing technologies available in the market (yes, you are able to purchase them and test), but the student group should go beyond commercial solutions. What could be the easiest and the most cost effective way to answer the question “Where did my colleague put the remote controller?” We expect that the students are able to provide us a plenty of conceptual ideas to the solution and eventually the first tier prototype for factory environment. Even better, if the team is capable to think also potential business concepts and models for the entire service. The desired skill set includes, for example: - User experience - Programming - Service and business models - Last but not definitely least, Ideation skills!